Separation and Divorce
Legal dissolution of a marriage or long-term relationship is an intricate process within which several criteria must be met. Parties navigating these will benefit greatly from having expert legal support .
Married couples must be separated for at least 12 months before they can lodge an application for divorce.
The application must be prepared and filled in the Court, and there is a fee to process the application. In some circumstances the Courts can reduce this fee.
In cases that are not straightforward, there are important rules regarding how and when paperwork is served on a former partner to notify them of the application for divorce. Our expert team can help you navigate these.
Once a divorce is granted, you have 12 months to apply for a division of property .
Separated De Facto couples have 2 years from the date of separation to finalise property and financial issues.
Where married couples are concerned, Separation and Divorce are two different legal phases, as outlined above, a couple here must be separated for at least 12 months before they can apply for a divorce.